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KHM Portsmouth / Using the port for recreation


In compliance with Port Marine Safety Code, under the Maritime Safety Management System KHM is duty bound to view a Risk Assessment (RA) for all organised leisure events undertaken within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.

The 50 metre wide Small Boat Channel is shown on Admiralty charts 2625 and 2631.  Its northern and southern extremities are at Ballast Pile (50 47.62N 001 06.83W) and No 4 Bar Buoy (50 46.97N 001 06.48W) respectively. Small boats are reminded that they can be difficult to see and the harbour entrance is a blind bend to larger vessels and traffic leaving the camber.
KHM Risk Assessment Template

If you intend to hold a maritime event within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth, you are required to submit in writing to KHM for approval, a full event plan and RA for each maritime event. RAs should be submitted to KHM at least one calendar month prior to the event taking place and should be commensurate with the impact the event will have on other users in the Solent. KHM encourages the use of the Risk Assessment at the following Link, which offers guidance and attempts to standardise formatting. Other formats may be used but must fully cover all potential risks.

The principle of early dialogue between event organiser and KHM will allow initial comments and advice to be passed. Upon receipt of the formal RA KHM will consider the implications of the event and the safety management of the event organiser. KHM will confirm receipt of the RA and may comment or require further safety control measures to mitigate any identified risks. On agreement and inclusion of these additional safety control measures, KHM will formally authorise the event to proceed in accordance with the RA. Again, event organisers remain fully responsible for the safe execution of their event.

P293 boat navigating through Portsmouth harbour

Risk assessment contact

If you require any help or advice in completing the event plan or risk assessment, please contact the Assistant King's Harbour Master.

RYA Guidance Notes

Guidance notes on risk assessment for events in harbour authority areas.

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